Did APS officials suppress probe into CRCT cheating?

In the latest installment of stories on the Atlanta Public Schools CRCT cheating probe, the AJC reports that school officials played down the scandal that now has escalated to GBI agents and special prosecutors investigating potential cheaters.

In reading the lengthy story — which I hope you all do before commenting — I am most concerned with the failure to release the University of Pennsylvania report that supported the suspicions of possible score tampering first raised by an AJC investigation. I am not as concerned about the omission from the blue-ribbon panel report of a single anonymous charge lodged against Hall. I don’t give much credence to a single anonymous complaint.

Take a look at the story and let me know what you think.

Here is a excerpt from the AJC story:

Atlanta Public Schools officials, including Superintendent Beverly Hall, carried out a broad campaign over two years to suppress mounting allegations of widespread cheating on standardized tests, an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has found.

Public documents recently obtained by the AJC reflect an urgent, behind-the-scenes attempt to contain a scandal involving the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test in 2009. Hall and other district officials exerted far greater influence than previously acknowledged on a purportedly independent investigation of 58 schools with suspicious test scores, the records show, and withheld critical information from the public and state officials.

For months, Hall’s public stance toward suggestions of endemic cheating in the 50,000-student system bordered on aloofness. But the documents, which include drafts of investigative reports and e-mails, show numerous instances when district officials’ actions contradicted their public statements.

Hall pledged not to interfere in a state-mandated investigation. But the records show she or her aides had a hand in virtually every facet of the inquiry: from screening potential investigators to interviewing witnesses to crafting and editing the final report of the panel leading the review, known as the Blue Ribbon Commission.

In an interview Friday, Hall said she has done everything possible to ensure that all allegations were thoroughly investigated and denied trying to obstruct any inquiry.

“I really believe that this attempt to create an image of a district covering things up really is not fair,” Hall said.

Commission leaders also denied hiding key information.

But drafts of the commission’s report show a diminishing negativity in each major revision. In particular, two significant sections were altered or deleted after commission members met with Hall for what records described as a “talk thru-review” of the report.

The report also dropped any mention of the most serious allegation concerning Hall to date: An anonymous caller claimed that she and two members of her inner circle had condoned cheating for years and told principals to achieve test-score targets “by any means necessary.”

Efforts to downplay irregularities surrounding the CRCT date to at least 2008. Through the end of 2009, Hall and her staff repeatedly denied cheating was a possibility and, at one point, Hall signed a letter to state officials that gave false information about an inquiry into test manipulation at one elementary school, a transcript of an employee hearing shows.

Finally, officials withheld an academic’s study that largely confirmed findings by the AJC last year of statistically improbable score gains that suggested cheating. Not even school board members got copies of the study.

Nevertheless, the district brought in two experts to investigate.

The first, instructional consultant Douglas Reeves, said he observed teaching practices in the 12 schools that could account for the unusual score jumps. The district posted Reeves’ report on its website.

The other expert, Andrew Porter, dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s graduate education school, was hired to perform a detailed statistical analysis. In large part, he confirmed the AJC’s findings — a blow to the district’s attempts to explain away the “outliers.”

New records show Hall received a draft of Porter’s study on Feb. 22. He e-mailed her a second draft in March and his final version in May.

Hall did not share the reports with the Atlanta school board, members say. In July, when the AJC requested the documents under the state Open Records Act, district officials said they had no material from Porter.

It wasn’t until November, in the midst of the criminal investigations, that Porter’s report came to light.

Hall said she deleted e-mails containing the report. After determining the commission had its own copy, she said, “I never dealt with it again.”

– By Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

184 comments Add your comment

Testing skeptic

December 20th, 2010
5:49 am

Folks at the Georgia Department of Education have touted improvements on state-wide exams now for the last several years. Despite the investigations of a number of school systems for cheating allegations, I have yet to see any state data that has been revised to delete the scores of the suspect systems whose larger than expected gains had to skew state averages. It would be interesting to see how the state data would look if the scores of all of the suspect systems were removed. Would we still see improvement or has it all been manufactured?

KIM

December 20th, 2010
8:21 am

Dr. Hall really needs to move on and let APS begin the long healing begin. She is a distraction and someone, an Interim, could work without having to talk about what happened. An Interim could focus on today’s work and establish solid leadership. Dr. Hall, I challenge you to do the right thing. Leave gracefully for the sake of the children.

TopPublicSchool

December 20th, 2010
8:28 am

@ chillywilly— I know where you are coming from in you rant. But, I too get the political correctness of what to do when referring to the “group” as a whole.

Should we say …APS idiots? Would that be a good separation of the group title??… Maybe call them psychopaths?

TopPublicSchool

December 20th, 2010
8:38 am

Dr. Hall is the ring leader…just removing her from the top post will not heal this festering bleeding wound.They will need to bring in a world renown brain surgeon. I believe a complete Atlanta Public School’s lobotomy is in order to start the healing of this psychotic case.

What Goes Around Comes Around

December 20th, 2010
8:43 am

Did APS officials suppress probe into CRCT cheating?

YES, because test feedback documentation from the schools under Executive Director, Dr. Sharon Davis Williams came up missing during the investigation. Dr. Williams had her test monitors to re-create the documentation to coverup the missing documents.

Dr. Williams tried to blame her office staff (Secretary) for the missing documents. The documents were never found. I was told by someone in her office that the documents were seen by several employees before the investigation broke. Then they suddenly came up missing?

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As the article stated – “One of her top aides, regional superintendent Sharon Davis-Williams, had “promoted” the concept of tampering with tests to principals, the caller said, and Augustine, the deputy superintendent, “was pushing the issue to the principals that they needed to have high test scores by any means necessary.”

puzzled

December 20th, 2010
9:29 am

I believe I live in a country where people are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. Having worked with Dr. Hall on some very sensitive issues, I have ALWAYS found her — if anything — overly fair to all sides. From my observation, and the reason Dr. Hall is in trouble, is that she wanted to make sure her employees were guilty before she implicated them in anything.

Ok, let’s take the opposite side. Say she had simply fired all these administrators without the proper evidence. We would have been slapped with lawsuits that we taxpayers would have been funding for years.

Come on, guys. You just show your ignorance when you rant and rave without knowing the facts.

And no, Maureen, people won’t read the whole thing. They’ll grab the headline and head off to a cocktail party with their friends, complaining about how their tax dollars are being wasted. Meanwhile our board continues fighting, and we end up with a bottom-of-the-barrel superintendent who is a REAL winner.

APS Teacher

December 20th, 2010
9:29 am

@ MetroAtlanta Teacher- The fact that you think an APS employee could report misconduct to one of his or her superiors and receive anything in return except harrassment and termination, shows how little you understand APS. Read Top School’s posts. He/she isn’t lying- this is how APS works.

An American Patriot

December 20th, 2010
9:34 am

To Dr. John Trotter, Ed Johnson, chillywilly, TopPublicSchool……y’all seem to know of which you speak. Please keep up your relentless pursuit to find the truth behind the true APS. I know all of you know how important this is, not only for the APS but for the whole City of Atlanta, because as we all know, “As the School System Goes, So Goes The City”. Any sanctions will not only affect Atlanta, they will radiate out into the metro area like a plague and will affect our area for years to come. Good luck…..march if you have to, but most importantly….Make sure that Beverly Hall’s reputation is bruised so badly that she’ll never again hold a post similar to her role at APS where she has ruined a generation of children.

bear claws

December 20th, 2010
9:41 am

The legal system of APS has manipulated the lawyers and judges of Atlanta. I agree that Fortson is a cesspool to the legal system. He was a lawyer for APS. He represented me against APS suggested by one his associates. Alll the time he was telling me to drop my case and taking my money at the same time. He filed a case for me in court and when it came time to court, he called me to say he was not going early that morning., and did not give me a reason. He does not represent anyone, just their money. I ask for my money back and he came up with some trump up charges. I wrote the bar on him and they told me I had no case.

TopPublicSchool

December 20th, 2010
11:30 am

From 2001- 2007 I reported these issues to Professional Standards in more than 4 individual reports…Lorraine Reich was reported. Beverly Hall was reported. Kathy Augustine was reported.

I have all the reports…they were all ignored. John Grant’s signature and others are all over these documents. Were the investigations with Professional Standards also tampered with?

(d) Standard 4: Honesty – An educator shall exemplify honesty and integrity in the course of professional practice. Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to, falsifying, misrepresenting or omitting:
505-6-.02 Page 3
1. professional qualifications, criminal history, college or staff development credit and/or degrees, academic award, and employment history;
2. information submitted to federal, state, local school districts and other governmental agencies;
3. information regarding the evaluation of students and/or personnel;
4. reasons for absences or leaves;
5. information submitted in the course of an official inquiry/investigation; and
6. information submitted in the course of professional practice.

TopPublicSchool

December 20th, 2010
11:37 am

Honesty includes …honest evaluations…honest when dealing with reasons for absences…(part of a teacher’s evaluation) honesty in submitting information during an official inquiry/investigation…honesty when submitting documents for Pay for Performance…honesty when establishing criteria for a “Bonus Check”…honesty submitted to federal state and local school districts and other government agencies….

Would anyone like to report to Professional Standards again?
Tell John Grant …John Sam, Jr said Hello again.

TopPublicSchool

December 20th, 2010
11:43 am

PSC, Sonny Perdue, Nathan Deal, APS, Georgia State Board of Education…The PUBLIC would like to know the same rules of ETHICS for teachers apply to the administrators in Georgia’s Schools.

mORE HONEST PEOPLE ARE WATCHING THIS TIME:

WILL Governor Perdue’s office take ACTION with APS?
http://www.youtube.com/user/TopSchoolAtlanta#p/u/4/7ykbZYUIHRk

APS Grad

December 20th, 2010
11:45 am

Where are the outraged parents? Why is no one talking about how the children have been short- changed an education?

TopPublicSchool

December 20th, 2010
11:47 am

The general public needs to report these people to Professional Standards…
As they think we are just disgruntled employees.

I am not disgruntled…I chose to open my mouth and speak up. I tested the systems in place…
They do not work…TEST GIVEN …My work is complete.

Disgruntled…I am satisfied.
There is nothing running down my leg.

TopPublicSchool

December 20th, 2010
11:50 am

APS GRAD…Because the internal voice has died. People are tired of ALL the Corruption…
Your generation must take charge. Start something!

The internal voice to “do the right thing” has slowly died in our society. When cameras, video-tapes, and tape-recorders are the only means of regulating the illegal vile actions of the human race our society is doomed to fail. We must make sure as parents and teachers the internal voice of honesty and ethics is never erased. It is the “saving grace” of our future.

Springdale Park Elementary Parent

December 20th, 2010
11:53 am

@puzzled: no, the reason Beverly Hall is in trouble is because on at least two occasions she either suppressed from the BOE or tried to destroy direct evidence of CRCT cheating. I keep repeating this, but it’s not the cheating that ruined Hall’s career, it’s her deliberate efforts to downplay, hide and obscure the truth, while never once taking any action to help the children who were victimized.

When children are victimized by adults, should our first concern be our own reputations, and the reputations of the adult victimizers? Of course not. And yet that has been Bev Hall’s ONLY concern this whole time, to her great shame (and ours, because many of us believed her con, and some apparently still do-I’m looking at you, Shirley Franklin).

TopPublicSchool

December 20th, 2010
11:55 am

An American Patriot

December 20th, 2010
9:34 am

Thank you…I hope ( in my ideal state of mind ) that something I did in the course of my research and surviving my experience will be used by others to make a difference for a better tomorrow.

TopPublicSchool

December 20th, 2010
11:59 am

JOHN SAM, JR., ALL ABOUT LEARNING AFTER SCHOOL, INC., Plaintiffs-Appellants, versus LORRAINE B. REICH, BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE CITY OF ATLANTA, ATLANTA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL SYSTEM, Defendants-Appellees.

No. 06-11580

UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT

225 Fed. Appx. 840; 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 11987

May 22, 2007, Decided

May 22, 2007, Filed

NOTICE:

[*1] PLEASE REFER TO FEDERAL RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE RULE 32.1 GOVERNING THE CITATION TO UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS.

PRIOR HISTORY:

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. D.C. Docket No. 03-03178-CV-JOF-1.
Sam v. Reich, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8238 (N.D. Ga., Feb. 9, 2006)

DISPOSITION:

AFFIRMED.

COUNSEL: For John Sam, Jr., Appellant: Holly Page Cole, Stack & Associates, P.C., ATLANTA, GA.

All About Learning After School, Inc., Appellant: Holly Page Cole, Kimberly Ann Sturm, Stack & Associates, P.C., ATLANTA, GA; Martin Arthur Shelton, Schulten, Ward & Turner, ATLANTA, GA; Richard E. Condit, PEER, WASHINGTON, DC.

For Lorraine B. Reich, Atlanta Independent School System, Appellees: Dorsey E. Hopson, II, Greenberg Trauig LLP, ATLANTA, GA.

JUDGES: Before PRYOR, KRAVITCH and ALARCON, * Circuit Judges.
*

Honorable Arthur L. Alarcon, United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, sitting by designation.

OPINION

PER CURIAM:

After careful consideration of the record and the written and oral arguments of the parties, we conclude that the district court properly dismissed the plaintiffs’ claims of First Amendment and Due Process violations and properly granted summary judgment in favor of the defendants as to the plaintiffs’ claims [*2] of breach of contract and tortious interference with contract. We affirm.

AFFIRMED.
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chillywilly

December 20th, 2010
12:20 pm

@puzzled – You’re probably the only person in Georgia that has “ALWAYS found Beverly Hall overly fair”. Obviously she had you fooled to. In my opinion, an indictment should be Beverly Hall’s minimum punishment. I suggest you talk with some of the current & former employees that have been emotionally & financially injured during Beverly Hall’s tenure. Last week, we smelled the smoke from the smoking gun. This week, we actually see the smoke. Stay tuned for further developments.

Beverly Hall, Kathy Augustine, Sharon Davis Williams, Keith Bromery, Millicent Few, Chuck Burbridge, Nader Sohrab, Veleter Mazyck, Sharon Pitts, Penn Payne…….when you go home tonight, please take out your Bible and read Exodus 20:15 – “Thou Shalt Not Steal”. On Friday, I’d like all of you to call a press conference, fess up, turn your ID badges in, walk across the street to the new Atlanta Police Department, and turn yourselves in.

chillywilly

December 20th, 2010
12:25 pm

@TopPublicSchool- They need to reopen your case. After watching the various videos, I can’t believe they dismissed your case.

I fire bad teachers

December 20th, 2010
12:28 pm

The organization MACE and Dr. John Trotter are for idiots. You heard, did you. ha!

chillywilly

December 20th, 2010
12:32 pm

2009 – APS

We met to discuss two topics in particular. First we discussed the incident where an A/P check was
dispersed for 1 million dollars on a P.O. worth 100,000 dollars. We discussed what is being done in the short run to address the issue and what is being done in the long run to improve internal controls to prevent an event like this from happening again.”

How many more invoices were overpayed? Was this an honest mistake? Why didn’t the Controller have controls in place to prevent “errors” (??) like this from happening?

Real

December 20th, 2010
1:53 pm

@ ChillyWilly
You speak the TRUTH, REAL TALK!

the truth

December 20th, 2010
2:06 pm

For all of you Dr Hall haters, I have a few words for you! The sad truth about the story around Dr Hall is that she has done a great job in the Atlanta School system.

Real

December 20th, 2010
2:24 pm

@ the truth, Dr.Hall’s vile administration created a culture of cheating and deception with a win-at-all-cost, by any means necessary. She also prevented some children in APS to complete in this knowledge-based economy. Exit ASAP Dr. Hall, Dr.Augustine, and Dr.Davis-Williams for the good of children of Atlanta Public Schools. That’s the REAL TRUTH, Real Talk.

Loretta

December 20th, 2010
2:33 pm

@the truth, we look forward to seeing you in handcuffs.

@TopSchool, I just finished watching several of your videos.It is eerily familiar to me. Have you thought about appealing? That’s just so horrible, and yet so typical.

chillywilly

December 20th, 2010
3:24 pm

@the truth – Please give us TWO examples of the great job Beverly Hall has done at APS. Just two!

KIM

December 20th, 2010
5:30 pm

@APS teacher and others: One of the standards that teachers {employees) of a public school in Ga. have to maintain is to report any wrong doings. So, all those who did not report it, are also guilty. BUT, I totally understand why they did not report: FEAR. A former Therrell High School principal is working in another metro district. His entire school is working in FEAR because he terminates and does not develop. Do whatever his way, or hit the road. It is awful. FEAR is a huge factor. People do not want to lose jobs.

TopPublicSchool

December 20th, 2010
8:44 pm

@ chillywilly…
I keep telling you guys…BUCKHEAD HAS MORE TO DO WITH THIS THAN I THINK YOU CAN imagine….

SEE: http://www.TopPublicSchoolCorruptionAtlanta.com

The real test on the table for public scrutiny is…How will the governor or the NEW GOVERNOR handle all of this?

I say Hide and Watch!

I report recently to the Civil Rights Commission to Investigate …yet again.
I don’t think you can reopen a case this old.
If three federal judges could not see interference with my teaching contract…and no due process…in Atlanta Public Schools…with as much information as I provided…I think this is VERY TRUTH TELLING ABOUT THE WAY THE JUSTICE SYSTEM WORKS IN BUCKHEAD.

Taking it to the Supreme Court was a waste of time.

Now, the BUCKHEAD COMMUNITY NEEDS TO EVALUATE THEIR ADMINISTRATOR AT WARREN T. JACKSON… and decide if this is the type of leadership model they want for their children.

A written apology would be nice from the Governor’s office and the Buckhead Coalition.
I have yet to receive a communication from Sonny Perdue about what I’ve reported. They are still dodging the information.

As i’ve said in the past…No Response is a Response to this illegal criminal behavior.

TopPublicSchool

December 20th, 2010
8:50 pm

This was the APPELLAT Federal Court level…
The next step was the Supreme Court…

Talk to others about appealing to the Supreme Court in cases like this…it is a waste of time.
I’d already spent all the money I had to take it this far…it took 7 years…
They used the tax payer’s money to fight me.

I used my life’s savings.$150,000
Who do you think is going to win in the end?
Those accused of wrong doing did not take a penny from their pockets to fight any of this.
They used our money…Atlanta City TAX money.

TopPublicSchool

December 20th, 2010
8:54 pm

Appellant—Sorry if you are looking for correct spelling on a blog…get a life.

TopPublicSchool

December 20th, 2010
9:11 pm

If this case was dismissed on this much information…don’t you think something is wrong?
This is the state of our nation…

Who knows Who?
How can you buy your way out of illegal behavior?
And… What can you really get away with?
And… Really…What will they do to you when you are caught?

I think they just ask for the money back…
or they let you resign…and walk away with your pockets filled.

If all you have to do is resign with a smile on your face…or give the money back…why not take the chance? This is what we are teaching our children …by example.

The PEOPLE MUST RISE UP and demand honesty and ethics of their leadership or we are all doomed to fail in this human experience on earth.

chilly willy fan

December 20th, 2010
10:09 pm

I am a former APS employee who has learned that almost every law firm in metro-Atlanta is on APS’s payroll. Add the Department of Labor to that bed of APS corruption.I have personally experienced a huge wall of corruption that must come down! In the movies those with integrity prevail,hopefully this will occur with the APS scandal.Wake up from the fantasy that Hall cares about our kids. As a matter of fact, it is frightening how many administrators could care less about the children, especially those who live in subsidized housing.The poor in APS are not educated/treated equally. Ms.Hall does not want to address this issue…..NEXT!!!

Big Bear

December 20th, 2010
10:19 pm

Beverly Hall has spent millions of tax payers dollars on scripted educational reforms, such as America’s Choice, Success For All, and Modern Red Schoolhouse to improve students reading scores, as well as another reform known as Move It Math to improve math scores. These scripted reforms are hampering teachers from teaching creatively and hampering students from thinking critically. Teachers are afraid to use teachable moments to instruct outside the box, because they can not use additional teaching strategies and deviate from the script. If teachers deviate from the script they will be reprimanded harshly by principals and written up. Since millions of tax payers dollars have been spents on these reforms, why is there a need for APS to tamper with students test scores? Why aren’t these expensive reforms showing success?

Sara

December 21st, 2010
8:50 am

Echo, your info, just like most info in the blogs is incorrect about Mr. Bynum. Anyone in school leadership would be hard pressed to accept the top job in APS. Why? A vigilante Public and newspaper, and a dysfunctional Board, a bloated CLL. If anyone takes the position as an Interim they must be armed with sweeping authority to terminate much of the current leadership, a no meddling clause by the BOE ( mostly for Mr. El) and a mandate to build transparent accountability measures.

TinkaBelle

December 21st, 2010
9:42 am

I agree with Big Bear. When we were first introduced to these reading reforms, we were told that we would vote upon which one to implement in our school. A vote was never taken and we were told that Success for All would be the chosen reform and that we had to do it. My question was: Why were we made to teach this program in our area and it was not mandated for the entire system? Here’s one answer I received: Our reading skills, as teachers, were not up to par and we needed a script to follow to ensure the reading success of our students. Big Bear, to answer your questions, it’s all about the money–all those millions of dollars spent to the creators of those reforms.

Parents for change

December 21st, 2010
10:14 am

As the start of a new year APS need a NEW leadership in place, but first we must let all of the following go:
Beverly Hall, Kathy Augustine, Joyce Mccloud, Gloria Patterson, Dr.Kilgore, Jerome Harris, Millicent Few,
Keith Bromery, Chantel Mullen, Aaron Fernander, Sharon Pitts and LaChandra Butler Burks.
Please dont forget about Tamara Cotman Executive Director SRT 4 who son brought a GUN to school, and guess what happen, he was able to go to another APS school. Thanks to Beverly Hall and Kathy Augustine for supporting this type of behavior in APS schools.

Northside APS Teacher

December 21st, 2010
10:32 am

I could list a number of awful leadership examples at my school but I choose not too. I am not going to jeopardize my job in this awful economy. I think I do a great job with my kids in the classroom and do the best I can to ignore the red tape (or idly obey). Complaining about wrong doings in my school will do nothing but get the finger pointed at me. If you bring a problem to my principal, he/she will make you the person to solve it, so my solution, don’t bring him/her problems. So I will continue to receive my pay and do my job while the fire burns around me When comes the ashes, I’m outta here.

TopPublicSchool

December 21st, 2010
10:38 am

I though Sonny Perdue was going to take charge of Atlanta Public Schools????

Is he? or isn’t he going to do something about all of this? How many investigations need to be conducted?
How many cases need to be evaluated?

Will Sonny drop the ball?

http://www.TopPublicSchoolCorruptionAtlanta.com

TopPublicSchool

December 21st, 2010
10:42 am

@ Northside Teacher…As I’ve said…keep you head down…
This is a Hitler Regime…they will hang you out on the school lawn if you challenge them in any manner.

Continue to collect your check…close your door…and stay in a corner until the Governor sends you help.

I am not sure if he will.

http://www.TopPublicSchoolCorruptionAtlanta.com

TopPublicSchool

December 21st, 2010
10:49 am

@ Chilly Willy Fan…you are exactly right…That is why I drove to Washington DC to hire a lawyer.
Georgia Association of Educators…dropped the ball…the lawyers live on the Northside.

See:http://www.youtube.com/user/TopSchoolAtlanta#p/u/28/n9mBrrgQOpU
CEASE and DESIST- Georgia Association of Educators

Georgia Association of Educators’ attorney Michael McGonigle wrote three letters requesting APS to manage the APS Grievance Process. Letters were dated Dec. 3, Dec. 6 and Dec. 18 of 2001.
As the Holiday Break approached…Reich’s retaliatory behavior escalated.
The final letter from GAE Staff Attorney, Michael McGonigle dated December 18, 2001 states: “it is reported that Principal Reich is going to REPLACE both Ms. McCarthy and Mr. Sam beginning January 2002, and has been interviewing other staff members at Jackson Elementary to that end. We trust that this is NOT the case. I am sure you realize the school system’s vulnerability for any further retaliatory actions against these employees.”

Ragin' Cajun

December 21st, 2010
11:34 am

Let’s see what January 2011 brings…

TopSchool

December 21st, 2010
11:49 am

Dr. John Trotter

December 21st, 2010
11:50 am

chillywilly: You are right. In my opinion, I don’t think that Beverly Hall and her minions give a rat’s ass about the children, and I believe that they sneer at the very notion of treating teachers in a professional mannter.

To “I fire bad teachers”: I would certainly be concerned if administrative twirps, booger-eaters, and weasels didn’t hate me and MACE. Ha! Me thinks thou protesteth too much. Please have a pleasant Holiday Season. I repeat what we have been saying at MACE for years and years (very openly in our publications and on the streets): The Atlanta Public School System is corrupt to the core, and the bonanza of money available is indeed used, in my opinion, to “hire” consultants and law firms who will be there to protect and defend the school system. You have to get down in the mud and fight Atlanta. You can’t fight Atlanta proverbially wearing a clean, starched white shirt with cuff links.

One Deputy Superintendent told me: “Trotter, these other folk haven’t realized that you’re sort of like a pig…you like fighting in the mud. You don’t mind it one bit.” This Deputy Superintendent and I have always (even to this day, and he is retired) gotten along splendidly. We were able to work together. Another Deputy Superintendent in another large school system and I also got along very well (and I occasionally call him in his retirement). He used to say: “John doesn’t bring me junk. If he’s got a complaint about a situation, when I check into it, it’s legitimate.” TopPublic School: Your GAE lawyer apparently wasn’t willing to get too dirty in fighting Atlanta. You cannot win a polite fight with Atlanta; you have to get down in the mud and slug it out! I have found that school systems like APS and superintendents like Hall are bullies, and I love to take on bullies.

TopSchool

December 21st, 2010
11:54 am

Georgia Association of Educators—
Ask them why the dropped the ball…???

They are all tied into to the ELITE neighborhood.
Political Payoffs…and scratching each others back with PHD’s and TOP Education from the TOP Colleges and Universities…
No Honesty …No Ethics…No Integrity…

TopSchool

December 21st, 2010
12:02 pm

@Dr. Trotter…If you are the pig…I am the bulldog…As Winston Churchhill said…when someone compared him to a bulldog…”the reason why the bulldog’s nose is slanted back…designed by nature so that the bulldog can bite down and keep breathing while going straight to the bone.”

That’s me…Can an Ex-APS -GAE TEACHER join MACE?

Angel of God

December 21st, 2010
12:43 pm

Trotter, Chilly willy and Ed Johnson the truth now comes out. I wonder where you find a good lawyer in Atlanta, especially when APS get hold of them. You wonder how many are bought. I had a very strong case and the lawyer changed gears at the end of the case. Got nasty with me. God can fight this battle better than us. Did Beverly Hall think she could win with hurting the little one. What you do to the least of these, you also do unto me.

TopSchool

December 21st, 2010
12:53 pm

I lost in COURT but not in PRINCIPLE…I have all the documentation needed to show these entities how the operate…The Truth…About Atlanta Public Schools…and How it works on the Northside of Atlanta.

PSC- John Grant
Northside/Buckhead Community…
APS-
OIR-
Federal Court House

Buckhead should be ashamed of this. I am not sure they are capable of shame.
Let’s see what Governor Sonny Perdue and Nathan Deal do…in Jan. 2012

The public has to change this…one tiny voice can’t change this much corruption.

What will Governor Sonny Perdue do with the criminals?

TopSchool

December 21st, 2010
1:06 pm

@ Dr. John Trotter—-”In my opinion, I don’t think that Beverly Hall and her minions give a rat’s ass about the children, and I believe that they sneer at the very notion of treating teachers in a professional manner.”

I have the perfect video clip to come…This is so true…and to hear it from a leader at Warren T Jackson Elementary is so truth telling about those in APS Administrative positions.

Saving the best for last…

http://www.TopPublicSchoolCorruptionAtlanta.com

Dr. John Trotter…Show me the situation in a Buckhead APS school where you’ve made a difference.
And evaluate what went wrong in the Federal Court House with this case…
I don’t think you’ve actually fought the Buckhead Machine…

http://www.lexisone.com/lx1/caselaw/freecaselaw?action=OCLGetCaseDetail&format=FULL&sourceID=gdjf&searchTerm=eOUd.jLWa.aadi.YbOZ&searchFlag=y&l1loc=FCLOW

2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 11987,*;225 Fed. Appx. 840

JOHN SAM, JR., ALL ABOUT LEARNING AFTER SCHOOL, INC., Plaintiffs-Appellants, versus LORRAINE B. REICH, BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE CITY OF ATLANTA, ATLANTA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL SYSTEM, Defendants-Appellees.

No. 06-11580

UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT

225 Fed. Appx. 840; 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 11987

May 22, 2007, Decided

May 22, 2007, Filed

NOTICE:

[*1] PLEASE REFER TO FEDERAL RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE RULE 32.1 GOVERNING THE CITATION TO UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS.

PRIOR HISTORY:

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. D.C. Docket No. 03-03178-CV-JOF-1.
Sam v. Reich, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8238 (N.D. Ga., Feb. 9, 2006)

DISPOSITION:

AFFIRMED.

COUNSEL: For John Sam, Jr., Appellant: Holly Page Cole, Stack & Associates, P.C., ATLANTA, GA.

All About Learning After School, Inc., Appellant: Holly Page Cole, Kimberly Ann Sturm, Stack & Associates, P.C., ATLANTA, GA; Martin Arthur Shelton, Schulten, Ward & Turner, ATLANTA, GA; Richard E. Condit, PEER, WASHINGTON, DC.

For Lorraine B. Reich, Atlanta Independent School System, Appellees: Dorsey E. Hopson, II, Greenberg Trauig LLP, ATLANTA, GA.

JUDGES: Before PRYOR, KRAVITCH and ALARCON, * Circuit Judges.
*

Honorable Arthur L. Alarcon, United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, sitting by designation.

OPINION

PER CURIAM:

After careful consideration of the record and the written and oral arguments of the parties, we conclude that the district court properly dismissed the plaintiffs’ claims of First Amendment and Due Process violations and properly granted summary judgment in favor of the defendants as to the plaintiffs’ claims [*2] of breach of contract and tortious interference with contract. We affirm.

AFFIRMED.

chillywilly

December 21st, 2010
1:15 pm

If it takes going directly to the U.S. Attorney General with our concerns (and evidence), so be it.

Dr. Glenn Dowell, Dr. John Trotter, Dr. Chuck Fuller, & Dr. Norman Thomas, APS desperately needs your professional services to clean up this mess. Please help us (employees, former employees, students, & ripped off taxpayers).